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Tarmac to hold ‘The War Years’ exhibition

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A special Quarry Exhibition, titled ‘The War Years’, will be held by Tarmac’s Tunstead site from 5 – 13 November. It will feature images from Tarmac’s archive photographs from the local area, which date back to the late 1800s. They include pictures of the site during WW1 and WW2.

The exhibition will be open between 10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Saturday, and 12 noon – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is free, although a number of images will be on sale. Any proceeds or donations received will go to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes.

Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tarmac’s Tunstead site, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to see a selection of historic images relating to the War Years from our extensive archive. We thought it was fitting to hold this event in the year of the Battle of the Somme centenary and give local people the chance to find out more about the lives of people from the quarries during these difficult times.”

An additional event is taking place between 7 pm and 9 pm on 7 November, when Tarmac’s archive historian, Frank Emerson, and Annetta Christie from Discover Buxton will give presentations about the lives of people working at the quarry during the War Years. The event is open to all and will be followed by refreshments. The evening will include information about 15 men who worked at the Buxton Line Firms and laid down their lives at the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago. These men were recently commemorated with a special metallic Poppy that is displaced in the company’s head office in Tunstead.

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